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Climate Changing Makeup To Rule in 2019


2019 is all about being eco-friendly in the world of beauty. Brands are pushing to refill and reuse their products to help make a difference in the world. With Vancouver banning the use of plastic straws and foam containers by June 2019, it’s only right that high-end brands also begin being apart of the change. Plastic-free alternatives and using sustainable options will help eliminate waste.

This year’s key products will focus on the body, mind, and sustainability. Image wearing makeup that changes due to the climate. Sounds fascinating, right?

Climate Changing Makeup

Get ready for makeup products that will change due to climate and the environment around you. Lauren Bowker, a London-based textile designer, and chemist is the mastermind behind 2018’s popular self-made hair dye that allowed you to change the color of your hair.

Prepare yourselves as Lauren as now developed a skin-based beauty product line which is activated by heat, wind or UV Rays. Sounds fascinating, right?

This line will be launched this year, including the following products: colour pigments for the cheeks, eyes, lips and skin, labeled as Atmo Spheres, which changes with the heat and climate change in the environment; Soul Shades which are blushes where your skin adapts to the natural temperature around you; and Helio Veil, a self-forming freckle base activated by UV Rays, according to Vogue.

Refill and Reuse Technique 

With all the plastic bottles that go straight to our trash can after use and sometimes end up in our oceans, it’s time to put a stop to this global crisis and start reusing products to put an end to excessive packaging waste. Brands such as Lush, MAC Cosmetics, and Garnier all contribute to helping the environment.

Last year beauty brands generated over 142 billion units of packaging which ended up in the landfills, therefore this year brands are working harder than ever to become planet-friendly.

JCI’s Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter the marketplace. During the 10-month full-time program, students study everything from glamor and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas Institute is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theater.


Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Events

2019 Pantone’s Colour of the Year


Pantone has announced it’s 20th colour of the year: living coral. This colour is vibrant and really gives us a nostalgic feeling. This is a major change from last year’s colour which was a dramatic purple shade.

Living coral is described to represent the future of modern life while, “embracing us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment,” according to Pantone.

Over the years, Pantone’s colour of the year has influenced product development, fashion decisions, home furnishing and much, much more. However, with this year’s colour, many people are questioning the choice of such a bold option.

Coral paint in your home brings out a modern touch and softness with a bit of edge, all depending on the interior decor.

A new year calls for a new wardrobe, and you’ll definitely be seeing this colour hitting the stores soon. Living coral is an appropriate shade to rock in spring and summer. This colour was first introduced on last year’s SS19 runway at shows including Prada and Stella McCartney.

Although living coral may be difficult to fit into your wardrobe or lifestyle, this shade is absolutely perfect for makeup. Matte coral lips, coral eyeshadows, and even coral blushes are all stunning to apply and everyone can pull it off. We’re certain that we’ll see this trend blow up this year.

What do you think of Pantone’s colour of the year?

JCI has earned its internationally renowned reputation by taking a personalized approach to education.

Throughout each program of study, creativity and passion are celebrated to ensure that every student maximizes their potential and reaches their goals. Our small class sizes also reflect our commitment to quality education and fostering individual growth.

JCI not only focuses on providing the most cutting-edge and relevant training available, but it also takes your postgraduate success to heart. Program Directors and Industry Liaisons are on staff to assist your transition from initial concept to securing your dream job.

Our local and international connections give you unparalleled access to makeup, fashion, hair and spa opportunities, and we fully recognize that our reputation is defined by our graduates’ success. We’re searching for students that share our vision and will bring their unique style, commitment and drive to the table.


Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Makeup

Creative Makeup Looks of 2018


2018 has been a great year in the makeup industry, filled with glitter and gems, electric eyeshadows, golden highlighters, bold lipsticks and more. Here is this year’s top creative makeup looks, including special effects makeovers, we’ve come across, created by JCI Makeup Artistry graduates.

Samantha Ravndahl: Glitter Eyes

Beauty influencer Samantha Ravndahl has had yet another successful year in the makeup industry. From traveling Japan, collaborating with JCI graduate and Director of Special Effects Tray Lai on a special Youtube video, to meet and greets and hosting masterclasses at Sephora Yorkdale, this talented superstar is all over the map!

Our top pick of Samantha’s look of the year is definitely this creative look she created using Stila Cosmetics glitter eyeshadows, which received over 56,600 likes on her Instagram page.

Tray Lai: Master Splinter 

As mentioned above, Tray Lai is the Director of Special Effects Makeup at JCI and an exceptional makeup artist. She has worked on the set of many movies including Deadpool, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek and more.

One of our favorite creative looks that Tray created this year was the Master Splinter makeover she did on Thor Diakow, a host on Breakfast Television Vancouver and CityNews. How amazing does Master Splinter look?!

Janica Sandy: Fantasy Makeup 

Janica Sandy has had a year of success during her time at JCI. From being nominated to participate in the 2018 Vancouver IMATS Battle of the Brushes competition to placing third in the Beauty/Fantasy category, Janica’s talent continues to grow.

Bold lips were a trend that emerged this year and we fell in love. This bald cap application look is beautifully styled by Janica.

Leigh Dickson: Gem Eyes

Aside from glitter, rhinestones and gems played a major part in makeup trends from this year and became more popular than ever. We love when our students and graduates have fun with makeup and Leigh Dickson is not afraid to show off daring looks on her Instagram page.

With over 5,000 likes, this dragon scale inspired eye was a spectacular eye makeup look of 2018. We can’t wait to see what Leigh has in store for the new year.

Abby Ruhman: Yellow Lover

With over 52k followers and growing, Abby Ruhman is a professional hair and makeup artist experienced in commercial, beauty, film, editorial, special effects, and bridal makeup. After graduating the JCI Makeup Artistry program, Abby moved back to Denver, Colorado where she has been working non-stop creating makeup miracles.

Yellow has been a blooming color this year and we are not complaining! A bright pop of yellow is what we all needed this year. The above look by Abby was published in Defined Magazine.

Jackie Bowler: The Psychopomp 

We see amazing work by our students all-year-around at JCI and during final exam season is when we get to witness the best of the best. Jackie Bowler created the above psychopomp look for her final exam and we were blown away.

The creativity, the details, and the costume were impressively accomplished by Jackie. We are certain that this artist is going to create many more magical looks in the makeup industry next year!

Samantha St. John: More Gems, Please

With over 44k followers, the Queen of terrifying special effects looks is hands down Samantha St. John. This talented influencer celebrates Halloween all-year-around with her horrifying SFX makeup creations. However, one of our favorite looks that Sam created is this skull with gems. (We weren’t lying when we said gems took over glitter this year!)

Krista Hann: Pride Makeup

After graduating from the JCI Makeup program, Krista Hann began working in the film industry and we are so proud of her. She has been growing her Instagram feed as well and it was certainly tough to find a favorite creative look that she created this year.

Krista painted this pride-inspired makeup upon graduating JCI and during pride month. With over 700 likes, this was without a doubt a stunning creation we saw this year.

Meagan MacRae: Silver Foil 

Meagan MacRae, also known as Paragon Makeup on Instagram, has been working towards her goals this year and it has been noticed. This influencer is starting her very own beauty on-the-go business truck, Beauty En Route. We are so excited for Meagan and her new adventures.

As if gems weren’t enough this year, silver foils was another creative trend we witnessed. This stunning and creative look was our favorite makeup that Maegan created this year.

To be continued…

JCI’s Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter the marketplace. During the 10-month full-time program, students study everything from glamor and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas Institute is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theater.


Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Fashion

Glam Accessories To Wear For New Years Eve


Found that perfect dress to wear on New Year’s Eve? Check. Booked your hair and makeup appointment? Check. Got your accessories to rock with your outfit… wait a minute… uh oh! Before you panic and head straight to the mall, check out these fashionable accessories that you can style with your outfit this holiday season.

Statement Handbags

Animal skin print has been seen everywhere this year and the rising trend of reptile skin is definitely a favorite. Small clutches and embroidered drawstring bags can dress up any outfit for NYE. Find these handbags at local stores near you including Topshop, Forever 21, Anthropologie, and Zara.

Hair Accessories 

Remember the saying, “trends come and go,” well the 90’s hair clip trend is back this season and we are so excited. Add clips to your hair to pull off that 90’s hairstyle. Other accessories that are fun and stylish to add to your NYE hairstyle includes scrunchies and glam headbands.

Stay Golden

From chain belts to artistic earrings, we’ve seen loads of gold accessories that can be perfectly matched with any outfit this season. Check out these trending gold accessories.

For The Love of Crystals

We are obsessed with crystal embellished accessories, which have been spotted in many stores this season. These pieces definitely add a touch of elegance to any outfit.

Accessories have been growing rapidly over the years and this year the market has 4% more product being sold than the previous year, according to Edited.

Love fashion and want to make it your career? JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising. If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!

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Blog / Body Spa / Features

Born To Do This: Roselyn Zandberg, Body Spa Graduate & Owner of Blu Harbour Wellness


Born in Vancouver B.C., Roselyn Zandberg moved to the Okanagan at the age of five, where she grew up on a dairy farm with fifteen older siblings.

Growing up on the farm allowed Roselyn to focus on animal health and wellness, where she developed a passion for the human body. She became intrigued to learn more about skin, health and advances esthetic therapies.

“I have an athletic background as well, as I participated in Ballet for ten years of my life, from the age of fourteen to twenty-four.” 

Missing the city life, the mountains, and oceans, she moved back to Vancouver in her last year of high-school.

Roselyn was working in the corporate industry for about fifteen years. Feeling very unfulfilled at work, she decided to take time off to help a friend with her wellness business. This is where it all started.

She discovered that her passion and happiness would come from providing services to others and helping them feel and look their best. During her time at JCI, she enjoyed providing facial and massage services for clients.

“I chose the program at JCI because of the reputation of the company, the location, and the people I met there during the interview process.” 

While studying as a student in the Body Spa program, Roselyn was also working at a wellness clinic providing spa/skin wellness and massages to clients. She also worked as a general manager for the clinic.

There were many reasons why Roselyn wanted to open up her own studio and family was one of them. She wanted a location close to home where she lives with her husband and three children.

“I had taken the clinic I was currently managing from a barely functioning clinic to a blossoming business, while at the same time building my skin therapy and massage business.” 

Hard work and determination are Roselyn’s middle names, after all, she has a business degree and a diploma in Massage Therapy, a diploma from the JCI Body Spa program, and she is currently working towards her second degree in Health Sciences. Now that’s something to be proud of.

“This is a service-based business, which means you will have to sow your seeds with hard work and be present from the beginning. Re-book and follow up with clients. Genuinely care, be clean and always continue to learn.” 

Roselyn knew she could run a business of her own. It all began when a commercial realtor who lived in her neighborhood wanted Roselyn to take a look at an available space in North Vancouver. Taking that space, her business, Blu Harbour Wellness, began in November 2015.

“Being an owner of a business is not for the faint of heart. It is a lot of hard work, however, if you’re willing to put in the work and ride out the storms, there is something very special about owning your very own business.” 

Blu Harbour Wellness just turned 3-years-old this year with over three-thousand active clients. On average, Roselyn and her co-workers see on average about sixty-seven new clients each month.

So what does a day look like in the shoes of a business owner?

Roselyn spends her mornings with her family, including her dog and cats, scrolls through emails and checks in with her staff to see how the day is going. During her work hours, she takes clients for facials and advanced skin care therapies, and for registered massage therapy (RMT).

She also works with the shop lead on marketing and operations. Evenings conclude with dinner and fitness routines.

“I’ve had many prized moments throughout my career but the best is always when I have been told that I made a difference in a person’s life by providing them a service that makes them feel physically and/or mentally better.”  

Images via: Blu Harbour Wellness

The 44-week Body Spa Program is one of a kind in professional spa training, encompassing basic and advanced spa services. The program consists of in-depth theory and practical knowledge, constant student practice, family practice week, weekly tests, creative projects and spa floor services in a beautiful spa setting. By the end of the program, you will be spa ready by projecting professionalism and confidence in performing both basic and advanced spa services.

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